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went up in flames today as the world watched just after seven pm local time the renowned notre dame cathedral was engulfed in giant plumes of smoke as flames ravage the medieval catholic church there is massive damage the spire has collapsed but firefighters say that the towers have been saved this symbol of the city of light tonight it shines no more i've forgotten berlin this is the day. it's a thousand d.s. of history it represents france. i feel like. it's just crying now it looks just to me.
i feel the cathedral has been snatched away from. the. cultural heritage its front that's been hit today france is there any of us to do with. our viewers on p.b.s. in the united states and all around the world welcome we begin the day with what paris and the whole world lost today a massive fire gutted notre dame cathedral to see the catholic church this medieval monument to french gothic architecture has been a fundamental part of the parisian soul for almost a millennia or tonight it took only an hour for the flames to turn notre dame's wooden frame and its towering spire recognized the world over into a smoldering relic. a heart rending sight as the spire found striking at a symbol of french culture in the heart of paris. the massive blaze spread on words
collapsing the roof and setting the wooden frame of the entire cathedral aflame. the alarm went off shortly before seven in the evening local time no saddam is burning spreading a brown black cloud across the sky her reasons and tourists looked on and heartbreak kept outside the security perimeter by authorities as ash fell in the vicinity. firefighters had a seemingly impossible task they had to work inside the building to save priceless artworks and outside to contain the blaze as it engulfed the roof now saddam is one of the world's most famous churches pulling cultural treasures from nearly a thousand years of french and catholic history. the inferno brought french president emanuel mouth crawl into the scene he had been scheduled to give an address to the nation. he
tweeted that the fire awoke the emotion of the entire nation and that the cathedral was a part of all french people it's still unclear what started the blaze there's been no word about arson or foul play the fire may have started in connection with renovation work on the roof scaffolding could be seen around much of the church and just a few days ago statues were removed from the upper spire they at least will survive the flames but that's little consolation as the blaze burns on into the night having already done incalculable damage. well let's go to paris now our correspondent barbara faizal is standing outside notre dame cathedral good evening to you barbara earlier tonight we and the rest of the world feared the worst total loss of the cathedral when daybreak so there may be reason for cautious optimism right. yeah there is some reason for that the police the head of the
firefighters of paris said that they hope to know that they were able to contain the fire and they could save the structure of the main structure of the cathedral because the fear was that once the fire would if eaten from the roof beams down through to the stone vault that keeps up the inner roof off the kids see that then the forces of gravity and pull would sort of press the the walls of the kids to the side and the whole edifice of huge added fist would just break down in on itself we don't know yet how much damage they can see that was built from sandstone know how much damage this fire the heat has done to the sand stone how much structural problems there might be for the future but so far as we can see in
the back even though it's quite dark the main body of the church is still holding out and two three hours ago the flames you could really see them sort of a licking up against the sky and just burning bright red that has now died down firefighters are still working there still for a huge cranes as throwing very strong fountains of water up against the church to cool it down they're working mostly on the northern side now the other side from the river way a boat had been throwing water up against you can see drill that has that work has now stopped so they seem to be some focal points and the two towers seems to have seemed to have been saved so yes the firefighters are still working bought the hoping that they can sort of keep the main body of the cathedral standing and that is an important message for president emmanuel mccall and he visited the site and his was a message of resolve take
a listen. we do we succeeded in building this cathedral more than eight hundred years ago. the centuries we made it great and we improved it. so i say to you very solemnly they see evening that. cathedral all of us together. and this is without doubt part of french destiny. and it will be a project we undertake for years to come i am committed to it starting tomorrow we will launch a national fundraising campaign. along with. i'm joined now here in the studios with my colleagues shall we glue crossed both of you. so remote let's talk a little bit about what we just heard from the president is determination this
resolve that nurtured a must be rebuilt do you share their well. it was in the process of being renovated anywhere and is just going to take much longer now that such such an extensive damage has been done of course it has to be rebuilt because it's one of the symbols of france it's something that french people identify with. where they stand in terms of privilege and so rebuilding such a symbol is of course something that you also go along the lines of paris moto which is to look to our nic market taught latin for it floats and it doesn't say you know without thinking and it's something we had already. brought forward after the terrorist attacks in two thousand and fifteen and it's another in face of this new adversity i think the city of paris and french citizens will come together to to. to rebuild it's important to the identity of the reasons the
french definitely europeans definitely place hope every people in the crypt of the first regions are buried so it's at the very heart of paris and for many reasons it is dear to french people's hearts because when one thinks about paris one thinks about the f.o. tower about their lives and of course about nostradamus it has also been present in so many books french bitch or has been singing the praises of that kitty jail and not least of a togo is not. so of course it's a very highly symbolic cultural heritage for france and to some extent also when i saw tonight the fire collapsing i felt that was the end of part of our civilization and i think that's a feeling that was shared by. many french people i've talked to indeed being an asshole by many europeans he's a symbol of the europeans. so much international reaction sure i mean i
think the shock and the sadness that has been expressed in in france as been echoed all around the world of course the vatican expressing shock and sadness as being a catholic cathedral barack obama has come out and spoke dollar trump has tweeted i'm going to mark calling this a a symbol of europe not just a french or a parisian side of importance but really a european side of importance so really it's just shock and sadness all around the world and now we're going to see how that shock and sadness get translates into support for rebuilding or whatever is going to come next from this this terrible tragedy because we know that the support the financial support for renovating in maintaining the cathedral was not that strong prior to the blaze and if it does come out as we seek tonight that the cause was the. work then.
the money that comes following this fire is probably going to have to make up for the deficiencies that took place before the fire. what is is is this a wake up call for the. i think it's a wake up call also i think is going to. this going to look bad on a man and across even if it's not his fault that this fire happened that it happened under his presidency and his popularity is ever decreasing and now of this happens but the lack of friending in french culture and heritage doesn't started was my cross presidency it has been it has been decreasing for decades and no ma'am across president same i paid a price for it was that symbolic highly symbolic building simply collapsing in the center of paris you let me take this to barbara barbara what do you say i mean could there be a political price to pay for the fire that we sold tonight or is this
maybe a wake up call for for you. there will certainly be a political price particularly for the mayor of paris i need dago because it is not quite clear at this moment because why it took so awfully long to for a large number of firefighters to arrive at the scene i mean this is really in the middle of paris so could they get through traffic where they are alarmed too late what happened to all this will have to be investigated in the next days as some areas of central paris have been pedestrian. there is less traffic which is nice for tourists but might be very difficult under circumstances like today so that's not quite clear but then also for president mike wrong in a way it seems an ominous sign i mean he has been sort of a haunted by bad luck in a way he had the yellow vests movement emerged before christmas and they've been
sort of pursuing him on and on and he's really had a hard time getting to grips with that and now this highly symbolic catastrophe happens and many people who you don't have to believe in sort of black cats crossing your way to sort of find something that doesn't bode well for the french president he will have to work hard to sort of get the upper hand in this emotional east turning this into something where he can say let us look to the future and let us do better that is something that he is continuously promising and now he has another issue that he has to deal with and the crowd funding for the cathedral has already started and money is pouring in from as far as the united states and also one of the french a big and her printer is our no and has pledged one hundred million to rebuild and
so the money will come together but it's the loss of the historic have break that is going to leave a lasting pain. well. serving as not only to generate sympathy across europe. but. something of a rallying call for the european project could this actually have a positive boost moving towards the european parliamentary elections next month it's difficult to say brand because you don't know how in event like this that is so emotional and will play out really it is difficult to sort of turn this into something that you can work who is that you can sort of you know how can you turn the burning down the national symbol of the heart of paris. to too far to the future and sort of turning turning the fates of
people in europe so that is very difficult the messaging that will have to come out of this and at the moment everybody is still sort of occupied was digesting what happened here it was sort of a lot of raw emotion here tonight people watching us and of silence for hours and sort of people really being sort of gripped by this spectacle and so the future we'll see in a few days how the french media and politicians will sort of deal with that. as we've been saying for the people of france dame is much more a part of their identity as a nation take a look. parts of what we are an essential part of paris is in peril that was the reaction of many in france is the fire too cold they looked on incredulous as the
flames engulfed notre dame. for the french people not to dom is more than just a cathedral it's the heart of paris a landmark alongside the eiffel tower a magnet for millions of visitors a year notre dame stands on the internet city in the middle of the river saying it's france's most famous catholic monument dating right back to the middle ages. you're in the french revolution many of the cathedrals treasures were plundered it in one thousand and four it was the venue for napoleon's coronation as the emperor of france. eight hundred thirty one so the publication of the famous novel the hunchback of notre dame by victor hugo it was a huge success and brought the cathedral new attention. now in twenty nineteen the unthinkable has happened the flames consuming not to dam cathedral taking with them centuries of history. lots of history let's talk about the future though
the sun's going to come up it's going to be the day after this tragedy what is paris going to deal with that you know barbara was talking about the mayor is going to have to deal with the political blow back for what the response. by the fire department for example well that would be a lot to answer for indeed this forty five minutes today between the moment the fire broke and the first intervention of firefighters in something that one cannot fathom in a capital city like paris where we supposed to have firefighters who are trained for that kind of situations and we know that after the terrorist attacks that took place in paris they weren't those exercises of evacuation and firefighters must have been involved then over. no it has to exercise those that took place in the time so why did they take so alone tonight there was this state of emergency after the terror attack in twenty two to you right yeah so there would have been time to
prepare for all kinds of disasters but those exercises together by the firefighters the police the emergency services were done in light of the terrorist attacks but they like if people are even more urgency services can intervene in so situations why couldn't they intervene tonight and that's something that the mayor of paris. will have to answer for as soon as tomorrow why did that response was to late response was. the the money for the rehabilitation wasn't there to begin with that may have spiritus all of this if it had been there in the first place i mean we don't know what caused this fire and it's very hard to prove a negative but we do know that that the people behind supporting this cathedral supporting us renovations supporting its upkeep have been struggling for years for decades even to get the necessary funding to keep this thousand year old
cathedral going the french state only provides two and a half million dollars a year for its just basic upkeep and maintenance it promised a few years ago to double that of five million dollars over the next decade as part of this twenty year long renovation projects and it's not it's not for pretty things it's for essential infrastructure support of this to keep this massive massive piece of architecture functioning and stable and secure the supporters of the renovation project were estimating this could cost up to one hundred eighty million dollars of just before the fire and now we have to wait for investigators to tell us what this might cost as as we said french billionaire paino has pledged one hundred million euros sounds like a lot of money but we really don't know what we're dealing with until investigators can get in there and see what they have right him into. you know it was just dealing with the fire scene an active fire scene and when you look at. what do you see there do you see a place of worship or do you see an icon for your home country definitely
a symbol of france an icon and not a place of work ship of worship i mean a lot of people in friends are not believers say they do not belong to any church and yet they are affected tonight and outpolled by what is happening because not i'm is a symbol for friends and it has been so for centuries now it's part of our history it's a vibe to friendship oh they're showing that it's a vibe that world war one and world war two without being bombed and he was one of the few cathedrals in france which had never suffered from a fire is actually something that he used to be very come on in the medieval times and the other night and perrier but. i was as if by miracle i'm not but i have never suffered any plight such as the wanting to enter tonights that's a very good point barbara what have you been hearing in paris tonight it's about
what six percent of the french attend church regularly this is not a society with a high level of religiosity what have people been saying to you what do they see when they look at notre dame. yes but they still feel heartbroken i mean it is still a very emotional event and that is because it is just so symbolic for france it is just somehow a sign for the long gadgety off the french nation reaching back to middle ages being one of the most stable countries in the europe that was sort of invaded by army spot that was never completely overrun or torn apart and that somehow always managed to sort of form and go for reform and go forward and sort of stay friends throughout a very long time and it is that historic that deep history connection that french
people have to their country to the soil and to the to the main cities of friends that that makes for the response that is what has been very emotional tonight here people really speaking about being being hunted broke and being very emotional and very touched by the spectacle and and southpaw is something horrible happening in front of their eyes that everybody you look at it and you think you would want to stop it and people were very quiet here on the bridges around to the not to the cathedral and watching this with this sort of very somber mood and it did touch people it's not so much the religious side but it is the loss off the often historical symbol off the rootedness of france in its own past and we can you know hear the sirens in the background there where you are and we approach the day break
into tuesday morning on a normal you know late monday night early tuesday morning there will be a lot going on even in a city like paris on the streets but tonight it's a completely different picture or isn't. yet police has largely blocked off the sane islands and an order so too for emergency vehicles to get through firefighters moving back and forth and to just sort of keep traffic away from here and people have slowly been dispersing they've been out here for hours this one group on the bridge here which is still singing religious him very low voices but the other people have slowly drifted home they have seen what they had come to see and everybody left sort of in a sad mood so it is affecting the city this was this is going to take a long time to go away and all the talk about rebuilding it's not that easy you
can't really bring something back that has been there for a thousand years and that gets almost destroyed within a few hours that seems to be an ominous sign a sign for things not going well for france and so many people will feel this is a sort of negative and. negative. do you feel that way you know it certainly feels like kids the. a part of this civilization we do you know if utopia and they got to make it to them i will see the future will tell us that you know any case it is a very sad day for friends for french people they've lost one of their one piece of their cultural heritage and it's something that's that's that's a damage in my name across presidency a bit further because it happens under our he's men date even though like i say the lack of funding that we were talking about before didn't happen only. under his
mandate. as the result of politic in terms of cultural heritage that we've been trying not only to the positive and it. looked a lot worse earlier in the evening when i mean it for a while we were looking at a complete destruction of this cathedral the towers or risk of collapsing they saved them we also can note that nobody died yes very important nobody died this happened after the tours were close misbehavior was close for the day there was one seriously injured firefighter was reported we'll hear more about him or her later perhaps and i think it's a very humbling moment for for people everywhere we i think we get lured into the sense of safety in our modern life that we have all this technology and modern political theory available to us to solve all of our issues and for for something so rudimentary as fire it reminds us that we're all very much at the whim of nature
and these things can still happen that's a very good for us a good point to close on him and of course barbara in paris to all of you thank you very much the day is almost over the conversation continues online if i just on twitter news or you can follow me of golf t.v. don't forget to use the hash tag the day we are going to leave you now with images of that fire at notre dame cathedral in paris and remember whatever happens. between now and then tomorrow is another day we'll see the next.
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